The Federal Government is to be congratulated for its cost reduction program following the 25 Point Plan and its latest component, Shared Services First initiative. My employer, Distributed Solutions Inc. (DSI) enthusiastically supports this initiative. The results of the Government’s cost reduction program depend on its effective use of any products and services, especially those that are acquired through the Federal ...more »
As outlined in Open Source for America's response to the "Shared First" draft:
...agencies should be encouraged to release software under an open source license to ensure reuse, facilitate collaboration, and allow the public to help agencies accomplish their mission.
Section 10 of the GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA) requires agencies to publish their strategic and performance plans and reports in machine-readable format.
Strategy Markup Language (StratML) is such a format. It is also an American national standard (ANSI/AIIM 22:20ll).
It would be good to publish and maintain the shared services plan, as well as periodic performance reports, in StratML format.
The Federal Information Technology Shared Services Strategy - "Shared First" is an excellent starting point for a broader adoption of Shared Services within the federal government by encouraging Agencies and Departments to revisit existing Lines of Business in the context of "Shared First" and "Everything as a Service".
Please share your feedback on Part I of the document. The “Overview" Section includes the following: •The Need to Do More with Less •An introduction to the Shared First approach to Federal IT •The “Crawl, Walk, Run” approach to implementing Shared Services; beginning with Commodity IT, moving to Support Functions, and culminating in the provision of shared Mission Functions. It is recognized that certain aspects of these ...more »
Please share your feedback on Part II of the document. The “Implementation Strategy” section includes the following: This section expands on the “Crawl, Walk , Run” approach to Federal IT. The three steps that are outlined are: •Agency CIOs identify opportunities to expand Intra-Agency Shared Services for Commodity IT •Leverage Existing Efforts to Develop the Next Generation of Inter-Agency Shared IT Services •Drive ...more »
Please share your feedback on Part III of the document. The “Design Principles” Section includes the following:
An overview of the benefits of good architectural design- these include:
• Platform Independence
• Location Transparency
Stop inventing the same stuff over and over. Government needs to support colloaboration across agencies (and within) by allowing reasonable access to shared sites and discussion forums.
Obtaining a sustainable shared services model for government requires a collaborative approach that everyone can leverage. Here are some collaborative framework suggestions for execution. •Choose wisely - Intra/inter-agency collaboration must focus on areas that can bring the greatest benefit (i.e. combining systems with the most overlap) •Keep it simple – organizations with unique requirements will have to compromise ...more »